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Heidegger's TechnologiesPostphenomenological Perspectives$
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Don Ihde

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233762

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823233762.001.0001

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The Historical-Ontological Priority of Technology Over Science

The Historical-Ontological Priority of Technology Over Science

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Heidegger's Technologies

John D. Caputo

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that Heidegger is historically thin with respect to both the histories of science and technology, and raises certain aspects of the history of technology that challenge Heidegger's views. The chapter explores the thesis that there is a significant sense in which technology may be seen to be both ontologically and historically prior to science. It suggests that there is a more specific sense in which technology, particularly in its more recent developments, is the condition of the possibility of science. It looks into the interlocking of science and technology further by arguing for the historical-ontological priority of technology as a condition of the possibility of science and develops three unequal stages in this demonstration.

Keywords:   science, priority, history, possibility, ontology, technology

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